England’s 500-year-old angel roofs are striking – and all but unknown. Michael Rimmer’s photographs provide a rare chance to encounter their beauty up close.

The medieval marvel few people know

England’s 500-year-old angel roofs are striking – and all but unknown. Michael Rimmer’s photographs provide a rare chance to encounter their beauty up close.

Rudisha leads fearsome Kenyan charge in Shanghai  American Nick Seymonds and Michael Rimmer of Britain are also lined up against King David

Rudisha leads fearsome Kenyan charge in Shanghai American Nick Seymonds and Michael Rimmer of Britain are also lined up against King David

The Angel Roof at Westminster Hall (looking East): Built by Hugh Herland for Richard II mainly between 1395-8, this is the earliest known angel roof, and a masterpiece of medieval timber engineering. Photograph © The Houses of Parliament 2012. Photographer: Michael Rimmer.

The Angel Roof at Westminster Hall (looking East): Built by Hugh Herland for Richard II mainly between 1395-8, this is the earliest known angel roof, and a masterpiece of medieval timber engineering. Photograph © The Houses of Parliament 2012. Photographer: Michael Rimmer.

King's Lynn, Norfolk - St Nicholas: A roof angel holding the hammer and nails of the Crucifixion, instruments of the Passion. | Photographs & Text: © Michael Rimmer 2014

King's Lynn, Norfolk - St Nicholas: A roof angel holding the hammer and nails of the Crucifixion, instruments of the Passion. | Photographs & Text: © Michael Rimmer 2014

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A close up of another of the hammerbeam angels at Westminster: These are undoubtedly the work of talented specialist carvers, known in the Middle Ages as imaginours or imagers. We know the names of four of the men who carved the angels for Westminster Hall, and what they were paid.  Photograph © The Houses of Parliament 2012. Photographer: Michael Rimmer.

A close up of another of the hammerbeam angels at Westminster: These are undoubtedly the work of talented specialist carvers, known in the Middle Ages as imaginours or imagers. We know the names of four of the men who carved the angels for Westminster Hall, and what they were paid. Photograph © The Houses of Parliament 2012. Photographer: Michael Rimmer.

Homemade Scotch eggs are a world away from shop bought versions. They're worth the effort for a special picnic treat.

Scotch eggs

Homemade Scotch eggs are a world away from shop bought versions. They're worth the effort for a special picnic treat.

Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer StBW#18 Valerie Leon Ronnie Corbett (by MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM)

Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer StBW#18 Valerie Leon Ronnie Corbett (by MOVIE INK. AMSTERDAM)

Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, UK. - Trinity Chapel at the east end of Canterbury Cathedral forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built under the supervision of the master-mason William the Englishman as a shrine for the relics of St.Thomas Becket. The shrine became one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in England.

Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, UK. - Trinity Chapel at the east end of Canterbury Cathedral forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built under the supervision of the master-mason William the Englishman as a shrine for the relics of St.Thomas Becket. The shrine became one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in England.

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